(U.S Department of Defense) U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial report.
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
— Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun cache.
— Near Bashir, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and two staging areas, destroying an excavator.
— Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units, destroying six ISIL-held buildings, two compounds and a vehicle. A tunnel was damaged, and a mortar system was suppressed.
— Near Ramadi, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two fighting positions, two buildings and an artillery system. A trench system was damaged, and a tactical unit was suppressed.
— Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.